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Old 10-15-2003, 06:29 PM   #1
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I have been thinking about this, and I don't see how working yourself so hard that you throw up can be good for you. I'm not criticising the program, I think it's awesome and it obviously works. I just don't see how throwing up is good in any way.
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Old 10-15-2003, 06:52 PM   #2
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Mark,

I believe the goal is not necessarily to make yourself "dump chunks." It's my understanding that the "cookie monster" is more of a benchmark to measure your intesity and reel it back before it's too late.

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Old 10-16-2003, 06:00 PM   #3
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Hi Mark,

Mr. Blakemore got it exactly right.

An analogy may offer some additional understanding. Blisters and bloody hands are not the aim of gymnastics but if you've not encountered both you haven't yet been participating at a significant level.

"Pukie" is an attempt by us to take the one negative aspect of our prorgram and feature it rather than hide it. If we can revel (O.K., maybe occasionally delight in it) in the worst of what we encounter we are stronger for it, right?

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Old 10-16-2003, 07:06 PM   #4
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I myself have done some silly-***,hard-core things when exercising,and I've also done some time in the Canadian Forces, and I've never puked. It's just not right.
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Old 10-16-2003, 07:25 PM   #5
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Puking was almost a right of passage for us guys during football conditioning. They would work us till we puked. It sounds bad - it lets you know you are giving everything you have though. Now, when doing crossfit - I get myself to that level where I am about to collapse and "spoon" with pukie, then I pull in the reins some. It's a thin line, if you can walk it, however, the rewards are great.

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Old 10-18-2003, 07:47 PM   #6
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I've been thinking about this pukie thing for a while.

When I was young and into competitive sports, I would train up to the point of nausea. As was said, I just used it to know I was working as hard as I could - I don't think I ever went over the top. For that time in life, I don't think there was any harm done.

Now I'm in my late forties, and I have no interest in going that hard (ok, my results may reflect that). I could, but I won't prove it. I decided a while back that I want to exercise and be in shape into my 60's, 70's, 80's, and, what the heck, 90's. I can't see a 70-year-old going to the point of nausea - I suspect the intensity would eventually wear on the mind, and then there would be no exercising at all.

I expect to become respectable in the WODs, but I'll get there slower than you young, or old, fire-eaters. In the meantime, you are good inspiration. You've got my respect.

I go by heart-rate. I am very accurate at it by gauging stomach discomfort.
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